Frank Fotusky | Teasin' the Frets

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Teasin' the Frets

by Frank Fotusky

....offers a sparkling guitar sound on fine Piedmont-style blues and rags....Fotusky's clean fingering draws you in and projects the music,which would be somber in other hands,out. BLUES ACCESS #40
Genre: Blues: Acoustic Blues
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Red River Blues
3:14 $0.99
2. 99 Year Blues
4:14 $0.99
3. Teasin' The Frets
2:00 $0.99
4. On The Cooling Board
4:17 $0.99
5. Chump Man Blues
3:03 $0.99
6. Franklynn Mint
3:54 $0.99
7. Untrue Blues
3:14 $0.99
8. The Graverobber
2:47 $0.99
9. Boats Up The River
4:16 $0.99
10. I'm So Glad
4:00 $0.99
11. Great Change
3:12 $0.99
12. Mumbletypeg
3:07 $0.99
13. I'm Going Home Someday
3:48 $0.99
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Album Notes

"A wonderful album from a wonderful friend" JOHN JACKSON

Frank Fotusky brings us the beautiful guitar and voice record "Teasin' the Frets." Thirteen heartfelt cuts like Blind Boy Fuller's RED RIVER BLUES, I'M SO GLAD, and the Rev. Gary Davis' GREAT CHANGE played and sung with care and emotion. Double service award for covering great songs and writing great stuff, too. Best Cut: MUMBLETYPEG, an original fingerpicker with a porch swing feel. Lovely. BLUES REVUE-JAN/FEB 2000-ED IVEY

....offers a sparkling guitar sound on fine Piedmont-style blues and rags....Fotusky's clean fingering draws you in and projects the music-which would be somber in other hands-out. BLUES ACCESS #40-WINTER 2000-HOME BREW-BILL KISLIUK

....Well played, sung and produced. BLUES ACCESS #40-WINTER 2000-NEW RELEASES (A ROOSTER PICK)

...Fotusky picks fluently and strums with a reserved and yet dramatic hand. Combined with a richly textured vocal character, Frank concentrates on pre-WWII acoustic blues. With tunes from Blind Boy Fuller, Skip James,...Fotusky adds three of his own well-penned originals. The mix aims to hold to tradition, and that Fotusky does. His forte here shines through as he wrings and lets sing each note off the strings, and the resonance is rewardingly beautiful. There are some intricate rags, tender ballads, hardy instrumentals and dirt-diggin' cuts like THE GRAVEROBBER. With best wishes from his mentor John Jackson, and now this reviewer, this rewarding listen should garner accolades and awards. This is a player that would be welcomed on any porch, front or back! BIG CITY BLUES-FEB/MAR 2000-5 HAT RATING-MARK A. COLE


If like myself you adore the finger-picking of early Larry Johnson, John Jackson with a smattering of Roy Book Binder, Paul Geremia, and Paul Rishell then this CD belongs in your player.... His wooden box resonates with a crispness that though dead-eyed in accuracy never becomes clinically sterile.... Lets get him over here, apart from having a welcome change in the familiar visitors this guy has a lot to offer. BLUES MATTERS (UNITED KINGDOM) 2004 ISSUE 19-BILLY HUTCHINSON



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Bart Scott, Santa Rosa, Cali

A great new and old music that all sounds as good as the old.
Fotusky is a bodacious picker whose musical taste is impeccable. This CD is a find for those of us who want to listen to real music rather than the over-produced pap that passes for music in the mainstream. Will go well with North Carolina barbeque and whiskey.

david, shady side, md

i heard about frank on the yahoo house concert group and decided to check him out. both his voice and guitar are rock solid, and i'm going to try to get him for my boat concert series. i hope we can work something out. his sound is perfect for my crowd. this is really enjoyable stuff. his guitar reminds me of another favorite of mine, the late dave van ronk. hope that's a compliment to frank, cos it's a big one from me...

Stuart Aque

Fans of East Coast/Piedmont Blues—or just plain ol' good music in general--can't
Having grown up in Point Pleasant, NJ, I find it difficult to believe that someone who plays and sings traditional Blues this well lives in Beachwood—I would have placed him closer to Waretown. The songs on this CD, which include three original instrumentals, display Frank's excellent musical sense and musicianship. The guitar work is crisp and spirited, and his singing is solid and expressive. Overall, it is an extremely enjoyable CD. Fans of East Coast/Piedmont Blues—or just plain ol' good music in general--can't go wrong with "Teasin' The Frets."

bob fuglemann

a real musician
I saw frank with buddy guy in red bank nj. He captivated the audience. It was rare to have an audience sit quietly and enjoy a performer without all of noise that normally goes with a show. frank brought an authenticity to the music he played and probably exposed people to some lost blues that might soon be gone. thanks frank.